MS 67 Joseph Aland Shepherd Papers

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Shepherd, Joseph Aland
Title
Joseph Aland Shepherd Papers
ID
MS 67
Date [inclusive]
1872-1919
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains a diary, expense ledger, and letterpress book of Joseph Aland Shepherd, a printer and Alonzo E. Horton’s business manager operating in San Diego, CA in the 1870s.

Preferred Citation

Joseph Aland Shepherd Papers, MS 67, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Joseph Aland Shepherd was born in England on June 19, 1827. He came to the United States when he was fifteen. At an early age Shepherd learned the skills necessary to become a printer. For six years he worked in Auburn, New York at the office of The Cayuga Chief. In 1848, the newspaper moved westward and Shepherd followed to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. He spent 22 years at Fort Atkinson working in the printing offices of The Wisconsin Chief. In 1861, he married Miss Fidelia Kinney. In 1870, having suffered from health problems, Shepherd left Fort Atkinson and settled his family in San Diego. While in San Diego, he immediately became associated with Alonzo E Horton and became his business manager. Shepherd held this position until his death on March 24, 1877 at 51 years old.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains a diary, expense ledger, and letterpress book of Joseph Aland Shepherd, a printer and Alonzo E. Horton’s business manager operating in San Diego, CA in the 1870s. The diary and letters provide an overview of life in San Diego during this time period, Shepherd’s work as a businessman and printer, and his work under Alonzo E. Horton. The diary is summarized in the container list, and select entries of interest are printed in the file.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection April 4, 2017

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Andrew Wolfson in 2008 and Samantha Mills in 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Orizaba (Steamship).
  • San Diego and Gila Railroad Co..
  • San Diego Daily Bulletin.

Family Name(s)

  • Bowers Family

Geographic Name(s)

  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872
  • Horton, Alonzo E., 1813-1909
  • Morse, Ephraim W.
  • Scott, Thomas Alexander, 1823-1881
  • Shepherd, Joseph Aland

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Crimes
  • Railroad construction and maintenance
  • Railroads — California — San Diego
  • Ranching
  • Real property
  • Steamboats

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Collection Inventory

Box-folder
Diary, 1872-1873

Scope and Content:

This daily diary covers the entirety of 1872 with only a few missed entries. It also contains cash account notes for 1872-1873. People and subjects mentioned in the diary include: E.W. Morse, the Bowers Family, A.E. Horton and Mrs. Horton, Horace Greeley, Horton House and its guests, gardening, local weather and concerns about drought, real estate work and a deflating market, social activities and celebrations, arrival of steamers (especially the Orizaba), attending Church services by various preachers, involvement with the San Diego Daily Bulletin and later seeing it sold to Gould, city elections, Tom Scott and attempts to bring in railroad, increase in real estate business after railroad declared, railroad construction and dealings with San Diego & Gila Railroad, reports of work on ranch in Jamul, news of local murders and trials, and Shepherd’s own general health and dental problems. A typed list of interesting entries is located in file with diary.

1:1
Expense Ledger, 1874-19191:2
Letterpress Book, 1875-1877

Note:

A typed index of correspondents is located in the inside cover of this letterpress book.

1:3
Loose Correspondence, 1877 September 24 and undated

Includes:

A portion of a letter written to sister and friends, and an open letter to the City Trustees.

1:4

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